Fox paintings win Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

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Rachel Levitas was inspired after seeing two foxes playing in Lewisham

Paintings depicting foxes have scooped the top two awards for this year's Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

London-based artist Rachel Levitas won the main prize of £15,000 for her painting, Urban Fox III.

While Lauren Archer received the young artist award for her fox inspired painting, The Chase.

Now in its sixth year, the competition is designed to encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship.

Levitas said her painting was inspired after seeing a pair of foxes play-fighting in a street in Lewisham, London, while walking home.

"These beautiful and bold opportunists represents the rise of forces previously suppressed; the return of the wild to London's streets, creativity emerging and adapting in a collapsing economy, and perhaps too something darker, fear of the future,' she said.

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Lauren Archer won the young artist prize of £2,500 for The Chase

With prize money totalling £22,500, runner-up awards were given to Rebecca Cains, Jeffrey Dennis, Alicia Dubnyckyj, Emma Haworth and Peter Wylie.

The judges this year included artists Graham Crowley, Humphrey Ocean, Daphne Todd and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.

An exhibition of 68 works selected by the judges will take place in London at Painters' Hall from 15 - 26 November and WH Patterson Gallery from 29 November - 3 December.

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